Hon. Kimberly C. Priest Johnson
Judge Priest Johnson was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas on September 1, 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was the principal in her own Dallas-based boutique law firm, Priest Johnson PLLC, representing corporate and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, and defending companies and corporate officers in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. She has also practiced at Weil Gotshal & Manges and Fish & Richardson, and served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting federal crimes. Early in her career, Judge Priest Johnson clerked for the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Judge Johnson is an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where she has taught Trial Advocacy and PreTrial Practice and Advocacy, a class she designed and added to the law school’s curriculum. She also is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame School of Law. Judge Johnson earned a J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist Law School and a M.S, cum laude, and B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of North Texas.